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In the Absence of Clocks

Jacob Shores-Arguello

Publication Year: 2012

In the fascinating collection of poems, In the Absence of Clocks, poet Jacob Shores-Arguello takes readers on an illuminating voyage through Ukrainian life. Set during the turmoil of the 2004 Orange Revolution, when the country trembled in the wake of political corruption and public outrage, Shores-Arguello’s lyrics of a revolution provide a glimpse into a world at once foreign and familiar.

Throughout the collection are the iconic images and myriad juxtapositions of Ukrainian life. wolves howling in the snow and bakers pounding early-morning loaves of bread; farmlands and cities alike rocked by political transformation; gypsies and protesters; opulent images of Byzantium and the concrete ghosts of Chernobyl—all meet here at the crossroads of East and West, democracy and communism, reality and mythology. As the narrator travels across the Ukraine, he does much more than cross the distances between Horlivka and Odessa or Kiev and the Black Sea. As the tides of change swirl around him, they mirror his own search for a cultural identity and history.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The Fulbright Program, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Dzanc Books DISQUIET International Literary Program, Carolyn Walton, Davis McCombs, Michael Heffernan, John Duval, Geoffrey Brock, and everyone from the University of Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation. ...

Finding the Old Family Farm

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pp. 1-2

Ukraine

In the Absence of Clocks

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pp. 5-

Crimea, an Unexpected Freeze

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pp. 6-

On the Holiday for the Dead

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pp. 7-

Graduation Day

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pp. 8-

The Dogs

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pp. 9-

Childhoods

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The New Clock Tower

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pp. 11-

Secret Police

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pp. 12-

Babushka Baba Yaga

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pp. 13-

A Brief History of Ukraine

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pp. 14-

North Toward Kiev

To Ukraine

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pp. 17-

Mapping the Republics of the Dead

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Far South, an Unexpected Heat

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pp. 19-

The Danger in Leaving Her

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Under the River Named God

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Dear Father,

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Bread

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Mountain Answers

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Remains

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pp. 25-

A Crumbling Shroud Covers Reactor Number 4

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pp. 26-

Some Pilgrimage

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pp. 27-28

Orange Revolution

Kiev

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pp. 31-

Revolution Comes to Kiev, Masha Comes to Kiev

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pp. 32-

Listening Device

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pp. 33-

Monument

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The Orange Revolution

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pp. 35-

Masha in the Afternoon

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Remember

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Countrymen

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Sex and the Orange Revolution

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pp. 39-

Baptism of Kiev

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Revolution

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pp. 41-42

Boundary Waters

Masha Back Home

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Her Mother, Somehow Surprised

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A New Economy, the Old Currency

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Her Village, Once Starved until All the Animals and All the Bullets Were Gone

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Ghost Sick

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pp. 49-

Violin and Sea

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pp. 50-

Untitled

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Her Hair, Twin Braids of Dark Clove,

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Paradise

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Come Back

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What I Saw

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pp. 55-

Finding the Old Family Farm II

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pp. 56-

Summer

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pp. 57-

Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780809331048
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809331031

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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